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The Bitter End Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13.5 Plato and 30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002)
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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Bitter End Pale Ale used to be a favorite of mine. But it seems that when Two Bros moved to their new location the Bitter End has eroded in awesomeness. Over time I have had bottles that have been over primed, this bottle that I am reviewing now has floaties....I hate floaties. But in the bitter end the Bitter End is a decent Pale Ale. The appearance is a rich copper color with decent white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is malt and hop with sublte undertones of pine and citrus. The taste starts light with pine and citrus then converts to more dry malty finish. The mouthfeel is very good and this is a proper session beer. definitely worth a taste!!!

WoodBrew, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a darker honeycomb amber with a thin white bubbly head that recedes to a thin film and laces glass.

S: Sweet malt (caramel), strong hops, citrus (grapefruit), pine, earthy. Nice smell to this apa, strong, but not overpowering.

T: With a name of "The Bitter End" I was expecting a much more powerful hop bite. The hops are present, but not kick you in your mouth. With that being said the beer is well balanced between the bitter hops and sweet earthy taste. An easy APA to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonated tingle present, good mouth coating and bitter hops give it a nice dry finish. Body is fairly light.

cagocubs, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Kylito87
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heres we Goes!!! Poured into my Boulevard Pint glass

Appearance: Hazy amberish orange. Pours a prominent sticky off white 2 finger head. Settles into a nice cap with a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma with a some sweet caramel malt back drop. There are some slight green apple and pine resin. This one is not over powering but very pleasant.

Taste: Very malt forward in flavor. Nice clean hop bite with a some herbal floral notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Sort of sticky at first and then dries out in the finish. Very smooth well balanced APA.

Overall: Very decent APA. Not my favorite but it is a solid example of the style. Well done 2 Brothers you never disappoint.

Kylito87, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color, slightly hazy. A finger or so of white head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing and an attractive film with large bubbles throughout.

S: Mostly malt in the nose. Bready and caramel. The hops aren't terribly present in the nose, but I do get some grassy or pine like smell...hard to pick up.

T: Taste seems to be a little more balanced than the smell. Bready and caramel malts are present with grassy and herbal hops flavors. Has a bite to it, but I'm not sure what to attribute it to. Rye maybe? At any rate, this is a pretty tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated...slightly bitter and dry finish.

O: The Bitter End is a really nice pale ale that seems to focus more on the malt side of things, but of course, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'd buy this again.

titosupertramp, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland Pint Glass. Pours a clear, light copper, with a two fingered light tan head that slowly drops, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus, bitter grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, caramel malt.

Flavors of firm citric bitterness, grapefruit peel, fruity yeast esters. Short finish, with emphasis on the bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, good bitterness, good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice APA. Nothing too aggressive or out of place. But nothing to really make it stand out from the others.

JamnesCameron, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 8/14/11 chilled to 4C poured into a tulip. 
A: Orangey-red and clear with a nice fluffy white head that retains well and leaves light lacing. 
S: sweet caramel malt at the forefront with grapefruit and citrus hop aromas playing nicely with each other. 
T: Fairly straightforward APA, but this is not meant as a slight. Lightly sweet body balanced well with a lingering bitterness and a nice level of American hop flavours. 
M: Strongly carbonated, with a little too prickly a character for my liking. Good lingering finish. 
O: A solid and enjoyable APA I could definitely consider drinking a whole host of...

kjyost, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle

A - Hazy golden almost honey in color.

S - Get strong malt, maybe some slight pine.

T - Not very complex or deep, some malt on the front end, a bit of hops on the back end.

M - mild bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Okay, could use a bit more depth and character.

stercomm, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, moderate carbonation, just off white, sticky head. Head lasts for a good bit and fades to a healthy covering that leaves nice lacing.

S - Lacking, a little grassiness from the grain, a touch of sweetness, not much in the way of hops.

T - Good solid light malt base, some sweetness from light crystal malts, a nice bitterness from the hops, wish there was some more hop flavor and not just bitterness.

M - Light to moderate body, refreshing.

O - Good beer, would rather have a Sierra Nevada.

steelerguy, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacing.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather malty with flavors of caramel and some associated sweetness; however a mild to moderate amount of bitterness develops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste has a good balance between the malts and hops.

metter98, May 30, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice dark, hazy orange with a chunky head. There is decent lacing and retention as well. The smell is more potent than I was expecting for a pale ale. The citrus and hops are obvious, as well as the malts and sweetness. This has a very well rounded hop/malt complexity. Before it dawned on me what the name meant, I was thinking to myself that just about when you expect this beer to bring that sweet malt flavor through in the aftertaste, it truly does finish bitter.

beerdown77, May 26, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Remy's Fenway before the Sox/Cubs game on Sunday. Served in a standard pint glass. Nice golden sunshine colored body. Moderate carbonation, and a little lacing. Smell had a nice honey and malt aroma. Taste was very appealing. Very mild taste of fruit, like apples and grapes, balanced well with just enough malt in the back. Surprisingly though, not a lot of hops present here. Would have categorized this as more of a golden ale. Still, very smooth on the palate and quite drinkable. This may be my new drink of choice near Fenway, replacing GI Honkers Ale as my pre-game libation.

morebeergood, May 24, 2011
Photo of RA1NMAN1205
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden/amber color with a light bubbly head which it loses quickly except for the very minimal ring left around the top, and a very thin, stain-like middle.

S: Malty and hoppy with citrus and pine notes.

T: Balanced flavors of malt and hops, starting a light sweetness and finishing with a light bitterness. I also tasted hints of orange, caramel, and bread.

M: Average. Light carbonation. Nothing special.

O: Easy to drink. To me, it is a little above average for a pale ale. Nothing special, but all in all it was enjoyable.

RA1NMAN1205, May 16, 2011
Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-cask from beer engine into a clear imperial pint glass at Clark Street Ale House (Chicago, IL).

A: Burnished amber with tightly bubbled, 1-2 finger maple-wood colored head with great retention and nice caking of lace down the imperial.

S: Citrus and pine sap are understated but present, and the maltiness is strikingly nicely complementary with a nice kick of toffee-caramel and some biscuity elements.

T: A really nicely drinkable pale ale which, but for the slight citrus components could go for an English IPA on cask like this. The citrus and pine meet more herbal, grassy flavors and the maltiness again brings wonderful balance with nice toffee, caramel, and a little crackery-biscuit to the mix.

M: The cask delivery is a great way to give this brew a whirl -- smooth and layering on the palate with a nice crispness despite the low carbonation.

O: A real highlight of the night, a surprising pale ale which packs a lot of complexity and a brew I would try again on cask given the chance.

argock, May 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i grabbed this one in a trade an cracked it open to mess around on the grill. served cold and poured into a pint glass,

nice golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on the first 85 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

overall an amazing choice that i was so happy that i made. i was just immensly impressed with this beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BrewIrish98
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color. Tint of orange and ruby.

S: Smell orange and honey. Also, some good spice there.

T: Good taste. Just the right amount of bitterness. Has a clean finish, with a nice bite. Looking for citrus which really isn't there. Almost tastes like a really good pilsner on steroids.

M: Light head, crisp and refreshing.

O: Overall I'm impressed with this beer. I would drink it again in a heartbeat. I would put it up against any other pale ale, even though it lacks some of the orange I was expecting.

BrewIrish98, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not your run of the mill APA, as the look would suggest. Orange/copper body, with a thin cream colored head to cap it off. Strong smells of cascade hops and some caramel malt. Nice and bitter, all the way through. Very grapefruit reminiscent with a fair malt backbone. Nice and strong on the flavor with as full body as you can ask for from a pale ale.

wcintula, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I love the random fridge-pullings. This one pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly dirty foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, flowers, light greens, and a pinch or so of light coriander. The taste holds notes of bitter orange rind, light caramel, light buttery biscuit, and what seems like some peppery rye bread in there as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice pale, nothing truly special, but a nice beer to just sit back and enjoy without pretense. Something like that.

TMoney2591, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had some odd metallica flavors going on in it. I was kind of turned off by this. Some beers have this happen and I try to look passed it. Sometimes it's easier said than done. The beer is a good APA overall. It's got a good color and aroma to it. The hoppy quality isn't too bad either. Just that metallica flavor I was getting killed this one for me.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by 6/10/11.

A: clear golden color, 2-finger head quickly falls into a decent cap with good lacing.

S: citrus/pine and a hint of floral hop aromas, the malt is lightly sweet with a touch of caramel.

T: lightly sweet malt, orange, lemon zest, light caramel, some herbal and floral mid-notes, the finish is indeed nicely bitter. Pretty much exactly what I expect from an APA, nothing more.

M: light to medium-bodied, silky to lightly oily texture, plentiful carbonation.

D: very drinkable, as the bottle says, perhaps not "incredibly" so. Still, it is not overdone or cloying in any way, which is something.

Erish, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a deep amber color with white head that didn't hang around to long.

S- First smell detects hops! Some restrained pine mixed with citrus. I can also smell some caramel malt aromas as well.

T- Moderate bitterness followed by a dry grainy, biscuit flavor. Never crosses into sweet but nice balance.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation.

D- Better than average but no mind blowing. A little pricey for a PA. Still...very drinkable.

Brunite, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, bready malts, and a bit musty.

t - Tastes of citrus and pine hops, fruity malts, bready malts, grain, musty. Very slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderaye carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good pale ale. Some mustiness to it but also some nice bready malts and citrus hops. Would have again.

mdfb79, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a white two finger head which gives way to okay lacing. The aroma is of breadiness and a nice big pine hop smell. The flavor has a bread malt backbone with a nice pine hop flavor and bite at the end. Not overly bitter, but a nice smooth bite also a hint of fruit. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer, enough flavor to make you want more, but an easy drink as well.

goblue3509, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent! Thick golden amber and light overall. Nice slow carbonation and yeast particles suspended in the glass. This definitely impresses me.

Smell: Kind of one note. Fortunately, that one note consists of strong, fresh pine hops. It seems this beer only can do one thing, but it does it well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel and flavor. Initially I get some active bubbly carbonation that turns smooth and velvety at the end. This mouthfeel does well in complimented the bitterness of the pine hops that definitely dominates the flavor.

Drinkability: I would rate this higher but this level of hops might be hard to keep up with.

Overall: A top-notch pale ale.

tjsdomer2, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of JTahoe
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice look, very pleasing to the nose with malty grains and mellow pine. very smooth and clean drinking APA...a great regional variation, though not too bitter as the name implies. the bitterness does show way back on the finish. fairly subtle, but not to say weak. I dig this...sessions!

JTahoe, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden with a fairly grainy looking head. Smells quite bready, with a touch of fruit and earthy hops. Tastes very grainy, and a bit thin with some slightly watered down fruit and grain. Fairly smooth, but ultimately fairly uninteresting and not really crisp enough for a pale ale for my taste.

Georgiabeer, Dec 24, 2010
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.